The preferred proponent has been named to deliver the $215 million Mitchell Freeway extension in Western Australia.
The Mitchell Extension Joint Venture (MEJV), consisting of Australian companies BMD Construction and Georgiou Group, has been named the preferred proponent.
The project is expected to create and support 1,200 local jobs and involves extending the Mitchell Freeway 5.6km from Hester Avenue in Clarkson to Romeo Road in Alkimos.
The final contract is expected to be awarded in coming weeks with early works to commence in early 2021.
The extension will alleviate pressure on the local road network, reducing travel times and improving safety and connectivity for commuters and local residents.
Federal Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure, Alan Tudge, said the Mitchell Freeway Extension Project would create more jobs for hard-working Western Australians.
“The Morrison Government has prioritised funding for critical road and rail infrastructure in WA,” Mr Tudge said.
“That funding means a huge amount of construction activity is underway across Perth on targeted infrastructure that is helping the economy out right now, and building for the future.”
Western Australian Transport Minister, Rita Saffioti, said this was just one of the major infrastructure projects the State Government had fast-tracked as part of the road out of COVID-19.
“This is one of eleven major road projects, in our Building for Tomorrow infrastructure program, where we have fast tracked to get works underway and workers on the ground as soon as possible,” Ms Saffioti said
“Along with the METRONET Yanchep Rail Extension and other major road projects, such as the Wanneroo Road and Joondalup Drive Interchange we are delivering key infrastructure for the northern suburbs.
“We will also be optimising the performance of the Mitchell Freeway southbound from Hester Avenue to Perth by introducing the same smart technology that has worked so well on the Kwinana Freeway.”
Federal Member for Pearce, Christian Porter, said the extension would provide more opportunities for local residents heading in and out of the city.
“The northern suburbs are booming and the population growth is only going to continue over the next decade,” Mr Pearce said.
“It’s vital we deliver these much needed infrastructure upgrades now.
“I, along with my community, have been calling out for this extension so it’s fantastic to see the project taking shape.”
State Member for Butler, John Quigley, said the extension would make a huge difference for local Butler residents.
“Extending the Mitchell Freeway to Alkimos will slash travel times and make commuting safer for northern suburbs residents,” Mr Quigley said.
The Mitchell Freeway Extension Project – Hester to Romeo Road, is jointly-funded by the Federal and Western Australian Governments, with each contributing $107.5 million.